Our Threatened Freedom

Are Taxes Wiping You Out? (03:48)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are taxes wiping you out? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:09 More than a few Americans are becoming irritated and angry over the high cost of local, county, state, and Federal government. Many of us, who do not favor the tax revolt, can still understand the anger that leads men to refuse to pay taxes and go to prison, in some cases.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:28 Consider the problem of a small land owner in Utah. Dean [Francin 00:00:34] leased out his property for oil production. His gross receipts, in 1980, were $789 in royalties. Then, the Federal government collected a windfall profits tax. The result was that Francin’s net income from his oil was $2.45. In disgust, he sent the remaining $2.45 to the Federal government stating, “The Federal government may as well have it all.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:08 In one area after another, taxes are becoming consistory. In 75% of all debts, the family loses the house, farm, or business because of the inheritance tax. Very plainly, the Federal government is in the business of robbing widows and orphans.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:28 Very early, in our history, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice stated that, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” This is precisely what taxation has become in our day. It makes very little difference which party, or administration, is in power. The cost of civil government and our taxes go up and up.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:53 For most of us, our biggest dependent is the Federal government and also our greediest dependent. In terms of this, it is interesting to re-read The Declaration of Independence. What the colonists said, in that document, was, “That the British Crown, instead of being the defender of their liberties, had become their major enemy.” In fact, The Declaration says, “That the Crown was engaged in a conspiracy to suppress and destroy American liberties.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:27 Bernard Bailyn, in The Origin of American Politics, stated, “That the leaders of the American colonies believed that there was a deliberate design, or conspiracy, on the part of the British Crown to reduce or to blot out their liberties.” It was this conviction that led to the War of Independence. Men had come to distrust the normal political process and resorted to armed resistance.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:57 Today we have a similar cynicism about politics. Rightly or wrongly, millions of Americans believe that the modern state is interested in it’s own power, not in the people. People on the Right and the Left are at odds on many things but they are agreed in seeing the Federal and State governments as a kind of conspiracy against the people. High taxes and pork barrel Federal policies tend to confirm this popular opinion.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:28 If the Federal and State governments want to restore any degree of stability to the national scene, they must stop this tax barrel and the resulting destruction of the people.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:42 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder